Five dead following shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jan 07, 2017,
Jan 07, 2017, 0:38
Five people have been killed and 8 injured after the attacker opened fire in the baggage reclaim area of the Fort Lauderdale airport.
The suspect was apprehended by a Broward County sheriff's deputy and taken into custody without incident, Sheriff Scott Israel said at a Friday press conference.
One Delta flight from Detroit Metro was supposed to land at Fort Lauderdale around 3:15 p.m. "Anyone who observes any suspicious activity should report it to airport personnel or police", Guglielmi said in an email.
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., identified the suspect as Esteban Santiago, 26.
Law enforcement officials are still investigating the incident.
The motive for the shooting is not yet known.
"He had no intention of escaping", Mark Lea, who said he witnessed the shooting, told MSNBC.
A Norwalk family was waiting in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport Friday to fly home from a cruise trip when they saw a mass of people running toward them.
Speaking with NBC News, a traveller from Minneapolis said he was in the baggage claim when a man came in and started shooting.
CBS reports a person by the name of Esteban Santiago - with a military ID and born in New Jersey - is in custody. Santiago was not harmed when he was taken into custody, and investigators are now interviewing him. He added that the shooter had time to reload his gun before police stopped him.
It is legal for airline passengers to bring a gun onto flights as long as it is checked into a baggage in a locked container. The Federal Aviation Administration has put in a ground stop for flights around the country that are destined for FLL, they are are being held on the ground at the origination airport.
Passengers ran for safety, while others clustered on the tarmac. "Stay safe!" he wrote on Twitter.
The shooting took place in Terminal 2 in the baggage claim area, outside the TSA checkpoint, police say.
He clarified the shooter was a passenger on a Canadian flight.
"Thoughts and prayers for all".
Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary, tweeted from the scene that the incident involved one shooter and five victims.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has been closed indefinitely, with no flights arriving or departing. "When we finally looked up there was a policeman standing over me", he said.
We'll keep you posted as we hear more from this developing story...